A new family tradition brings Christmas cheer to the community

Dec 24, 2021, 5:42 PM
Brooklynn Loftus receiving a Christmas card with cash from Truly Brady....
Brooklynn Loftus receiving a Christmas card with cash from Truly Brady.

SOUTH JORDAN— A few dozen of Santa’s helpers today spread a little extra Christmas kindness across the Salt Lake Valley. They call it The Christmas Card Project.

“The Christmas Card Project is just really a way of spreading a little bit of Christmas cheer out in the community,” said Josh Downs, who came up with the idea with his family and friends.

It was a way for them to immerse themselves in the Christmas spirit, and share it with strangers.

“We’re letting people know that they are thought of, that they are seen, that they’re loved, and we’re giving them a Christmas card.”

Those handmade cards came with a $50 or $100 bill, a poem written by Downs, and a star to hang on the Christmas tree.

“We’re just assembling these cards, with a sweet message inside, to let those out there that might be struggling, or feeling alone, that they are a little more loved on Christmas,” said Josie Christensen, Josh’s sister.

Many from their extended family pitched in on the project: the beginning of a new family tradition.

“It just helps the kids, and ourselves not to think of ourselves during this time,” said Christensen. “It’s a special time to focus on other people and that’s what Christmas is all about.”

Through the generosity of more than 100 people that Downs connected with online, they were able to raise more than $8600, that they gifted to strangers, randomly, throughout the community.

“We’re just going to go out, and wherever we’re lead, try to find people who we feel like could really use this this time of year,” Downs said.

After gathering to collect the gift cards for distribution, more than three dozen people headed out for the first Christmas Card Project. So I’m headed for the Riverton Hospital period others went to South Jordan shopping areas.

Truly Brady and her daughters were filled with the joy of Christmas as they surprised shoppers.

“Many of us have put our hearts into it,” Brady said as she greeted strangers with unexpected kindness and even a hug.

Brooklynn Loftus shared a hug with Brady after receiving a card and said it was “just Christmas amazingness.” For Loftus, it was a reminder of the power of generosity and goodness.

“Christmas has a really soft spot in my heart,” she said. “It reminded me that love is everywhere and people are amazing.”

One woman was so moved when she opened the card that she returned to thank Brady again.

“It really opened my heart,” she told Brady, after reading the card, and the enclosed poem. “I want to donate this to somebody else, I want to pass it on.”

One gesture of love inspiring another.

“We decided that this would be a great way to include a lot of people and tie it into the holiday season and be able to make a difference,” said Downs.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

A Utah Highway Patrol car that was hit by a speeding car. (Credit: UHP)...
Lauren Steinbrecher

UHP dash cam shows distracted driver plowing into patrol car, hurting trooper

New dash camera video shows the scary moments a distracted driver slammed into a Utah Highway Patrol car on I-215 Tuesday, injuring the trooper and others. 
1 day ago
FILE PHOTO (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)...
Debbie Worthen

SLC replaces fireworks with laser light displays for July holidays

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City residents will get a different light display for the Independence and Pioneer day weekends. For the first time ever, the city will replace the highly-popular fireworks shows with laser light displays. “Earlier this year our City Council voted to shift our traditional display budget to an alternative event,” […]
1 day ago
File photo of a Unified Police Department squad vehicle. (KSL TV)...
Eliza Pace

Kearns shelter in place lifted, suspect in custody

A shelter in place has been lifted after it was issued around 7 p.m. while police searched for an armed teen.
1 day ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

Memento of slain son stolen from car, heartbroken mom wants it back

The stuffed elephant, that she slept with every night, is the only toy of her son's she has left.
1 day ago
The McFarland family farm in Weber County is dealing with rising costs for fuel, chemicals and mate...
Mike Anderson, KSL TV

Weber County family farm fights through herbicide shortages, drought, rising costs

A shortage of chemicals found in herbicides is putting even more rising costs on the backs of Utah farmers, in an already difficult year.
1 day ago
LGBTQ teens at an Encircle activity....
Ashley Moser, KSL TV

Parents’ support key to mental health among LGBTQ+ youth, experts say

Nearly 20 percent of adults in the U.S. live with a mental health condition. In the LGBTQ+ community, that number is three times higher. Experts say family support is crucial to an adolescents’ mental health.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Lighting trends 2022...

Lighting Trends 2022 | 5 Beautiful Home Lighting Trends You Can Expect to See this Year and Beyond

This is where you can see the latest lighting trends for 2022 straight from the Lightovation Show at the Dallas World Trade Center.
What Can't You Throw Away in the Trash...

What Can’t You Throw Away in the Trash? | 5 Things You Shouldn’t Throw in to Your Trash Can

What can't you throw away in the trash? Believe it or not, there are actually many items that shouldn't be thrown straight into the trash.
A new family tradition brings Christmas cheer to the community